Two or Three Covenants in Place of Marriage
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Godparenthood: Re-weaving the social fabric
1650 words

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Marriage as a moral disorder
Why monogamy, as a universal system, must fail

Since some marriages seemingly succeed, why is it that others fail? Is this just a matter of individual and all-too-human shortcomings? Or is it possible that marriage, when held up as a universal moral order, has failings of its own? Would it actually be possible, if only we were all mature enough (what an odd idea!), for everyone to be a partner to a happy, exclusive and lifelong relationship of sexual and emotional intimacy? Or could it be that, both within and without marriage, the players who lose out are merely the victims of the rules of the game, that some, at any rate, are really just well-rounded persons who fail to fit into the square hole of marriage?

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